Brian Job

Brian Gregory Job (November 29, 1951 August 14, 2019) was an American former competition swimmer, Olympic medalist, and former world record-holder. At the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City, he won the bronze medal for his third-place finish in the men's 200-meter breaststroke.[1] He later graduated from Harvard Business School.

Brian Job
Personal information
Full nameBrian Gregory Job
National teamUnited States
Born(1951-11-29)November 29, 1951
Warren, Ohio, U.S.
DiedAugust 14, 2019(2019-08-14) (aged 67)
Palo Alto, California, U.S.
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight163 lb (74 kg)
ClubSanta Clara Swim Club
College teamStanford University

As a teenager, he swam for coach George Haines' Santa Clara Swim Club, winning fourteen America Athletic Union (AAU) national titles. He attended Stanford University, where he swam for the Stanford Cardinal swimming and diving team in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) competition. On August 22, 1970, he set a new world record of 2:23.5 in the 200-meter breaststroke, which would stand for almost two years. He was also a member of the U.S. relay team that won the gold medal in the 4×100-meter medley relay at the 1971 Pan American Games. Job qualified for the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, but did not advance beyond the preliminary heats of the 200-meter breaststroke.

According to a 2013 account in the San Jose Mercury News, Job was homeless and living on the streets of Palo Alto, a victim of a bipolar disorder, according to Job's family.[2] On August 14, 2019, Job was found dead in his motel room at the Glass Slipper Inn in Palo Alto.[3]

See also


  1., Olympic Sports, Athletes, Brian Job. Retrieved September 26, 2012.
  2. Newman, Bruce (April 12, 2013). "From Olympics to the streets: Medalist homeless in Palo Alto". San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved November 18, 2014.
  3. Woo, Erin (24 August 2019). "The tragic demise of an Olympic swimmer turned 'outdoor citizen'". The Mercury News. Retrieved 26 August 2019.

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